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Knight Cities Challenge

John S. and James L. Knight Foundation


Agency: Foundation

GrantWatch ID #162459

Grant Description

Grants to USA nonprofits, for-profits, agencies, schools, and individuals for original and creative program ideas that will benefit eligible communities. Programs should focus on ideas that help communities appeal to talented people, ideas that will broaden economic prospects by breaking down divides and making new connections, and ideas that will spur connections and civic involvement. Finalists will be scored against five criteria: impact, innovation, inspiration, learning, and capacity.

Focus Areas:

1) Talent - Attract and keep talented people. Cities are stronger for everyone when they can attract and keep talented people. People, both younger and older, are returning to cities in record numbers, looking for the best of city life.

2) Opportunity - Expand economic prospects by breaking down divides and making new connections. To succeed, cities need to create places where people of diverse backgrounds and income levels can connect. They need to help workers connect with and flourish in today’s mobile and digital economy.

3) Engagement - Spur connection and civic involvement. Cities need spaces and programming that enable people to come together and help shape their city’s future. Engaged citizens are helping set the agenda for change in their city and connecting with their community to take concrete, collective action.

Your project must take place in or benefit one or more of the 26 Knight communities.

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Eligibility:

  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Knight Cities Challenge welcomes anyone with big ideas and the ability to realize them. Activists, designers, artists, planning professionals, hackers, architects, city officials, educators, nonprofits, entrepreneurs, block captains, social workers—everyone is welcome. The only rule is your project needs to benefit one of the 26 Knight communities.

Internal Revenue Service regulations on private foundations define some items Knight Foundation can and cannot fund. Knight is prohibited from making grants: to carry on propaganda, or otherwise attempt to influence legislation (as explained in Internal Revenue Code 4945(d)(1)); to influence the outcome of any specific public election, or to carry on a partisan voter registration drive (directly or indirectly) (as explained in Internal Revenue Code 4945(d)(2)).

Additional Geographic Information:

Ohio: Akron,
North Carolina: Charlotte
Michigan: Detroit
South Dakota: Aberdeen
Mississippi: Biloxi
Colorado: Boulder
Florida: Bradenton, Miami, Palm Beach County, and Tallahassee
South Carolina: Columbia and Myrtle Beach
Georgia: Columbus, Macon, and Milledgeville
Pennsylvania: Philadelphia and State College
Minnesota: Duluth and St. Paul
Indiana: Fort Wayne and Gary
North Dakota: Grand Forks
Kentucky: Lexington
California: Long Beach and San Jose
Kansas: Wichita

Pre-Application Information:

The initial application asks just three primary questions about your project that should be answered in 100 words or less.

Applications will be open October 10 - November 3.

How it Works: http://knightcities.org/how-it-works/

Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$5,000,000

Term of Contract:

Grant is for 18 months.

Contact Information:

Please submit additional questions to citieschallenge@knightfoundation.org

John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
Suite 3300
200 S. Biscayne Blvd.
Miami, FL 33131-2349

Phone: (305) 908-2600
Fax: (305) 908-2698

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